This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.
Ever since a 22-year-old Cam Davis won the 2017 Australian Open – in a field that included Cameron Smith, Jason Day and even Jordan Spieth – many golf observers have expected greatness from the Australian. When he won a Korn Ferry event a few months later, he seemed to be on schedule.
But as we see all the time in golf and all sports, athletes' arrows rarely point straight up. Davis could barely make half his cuts his first two years on the PGA Tour, one of which saw him finish outside the top 150 in the standings.
A top-10 here and a top-10 there during 2020 offered hints, which eventually led to Davis' big breakthrough on Sunday as he survived a five-hole, three-man playoff to win the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
That was after he stunningly got into the playoff.
One of the most prodigious hitters on Tour won in his 71st appearance and moved him to a career-best 67th in the world rankings. He had been as high as 97th, but began this year